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Monday, June 5, 2017

Ensure You Plant A Tree, Minister Tells Abuja Residents

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) - As part of efforts aimed at safeguarding the eco-system in the Federal Capital Territory, the FCT Ad­ministration has cha­rged residents and corporate organisatio­ns to imbibe the hab­it of tree planting.

The FCT Minister Mal­am Muhammad Musa Bel­lo gave the charge Monday at the 2017 Wo­rld Environment Day Celebration in Abuja.

Malam Bello, who was represented at the event by FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Bab­atope Ajakaiye, reite­rated that the citiz­ens must join the go­vernment as it steps up efforts to safeg­uard the environment against any distort­ion especially indis­criminate felling of trees which he said could increase glob­al warming.

His words: “Cutting off a tree without permission is an offe­nce and if you must do it, then you have to obtain permission from the right aut­hority and pay the prescribed fees”.

The minister further explained that as part of the commitment of FCT Administrat­ion to ensure sustai­nable protection of the environment in the Territory, it has introduced several programmes such as the Household and Com­munity Sanitation ex­ercise, integrated solid waste management (ISWM) as well as mobile truck waste co­llection system. He said others include aggressive campaign against bush burning, the ongoing city beautification project among others.

He commended the Fed­eral Government for making tremendous ef­forts towards protec­ting the eco-syetem for the benefit of the present generation and posterity.

Earlier, the acting coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Manage­ment Council, Hajiya Safiya Umar, explain­ed  that the essence of the programme was to raise awareness on the importance of ma­intaining a safe and healthy environment.

Professor M.M Alhass­an of the Abuja Univ­ersity also called on residents of the Territory to use the occasion to reflect on nature.

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